BALTIMORE, Maryland - Former long-time Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver died of an apparent heart attack Saturday while on a team-sponsored cruise, the Major League Baseball team said. He was 82.
"Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball," said Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos Saturday.
Weaver guided the Orioles to six American League (AL) East titles, four AL pennants and one World Series championship in parts of 17 seasons as manager. He was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
He retired after the 1982 season and the Orioles again won the World Series the following year under Joe Altobelli. Weaver returned to the dugout early in the 1985 season and retired for good after the 1986 campaign.
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